Crowd-Pleasing Marinated Green Beans - Carolina Country

Crowd-Pleasing Marinated Green Beans

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Crowd-Pleasing Marinated Green Beans

This easy salad is a favorite at parties, potlucks and picnics (and even other events that don’t begin with a “P”). It travels easily and the proportions can be multiplied.


  • ½ large red onion, thinly sliced
  • ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup herb-flavored wine vinegar (for extra flavor) or white wine vinegar
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 pounds fresh green beans, ends trimmed


  1. Place the sliced onion in a colander placed over the sink.

  2. In a small bowl, stir together the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper until combined. Stir in the garlic. Set aside.

  3. Place the green beans in a large pot and add enough water to cover them. Cover the pot and bring to a boil over high heat. When the water boils, reduce the heat to medium and cook for 5 to 10 minutes, just until the beans are bright green; do not overcook. Pour the beans and hot water over the onions in the colander. Rinse under cold running water to cool down. Drain well.

  4. Put the beans and onions in a large bowl or large zipper-top plastic bag. Pour the dressing in and mix well with the vegetables.

  5. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight, stirring occasionally. Serve at room temperature.

Recipe courtesy of

Debbie Moose ( has authored seven cookbooks and is a former food editor for The News & Observer in Raleigh.

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